Man in cardiac arrest dies after crash along JFX near Charles Street
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Alpine Rescue Service via Reuters The owner, manager and director of services of a cable company in northern Italy faces manslaughter charges after allegedly admitting to deactivating the emergency braking system of a cable car that fell to the ground on Sunday morning. At least 14 dead after Italian cable car fell from the top of Lake Maggiore Thirteen people, including a 2-year-old child, died on impact when the tow cable broke and nothing prevented the car from diving in a forest area below. A 9-year-old later died in hospital and a 5-year-old remains in serious but stable condition. Chief prosecutor Olimpia Bossi told reporters on Wednesday that the cable car’s emergency brakes were tampered with after have activated spontaneously since the arrival of the system. back online on April 26 after the latest COVID-19 lockdown in Italy. The car that was later involved in the crash stopped several times and local media report that at least once passengers called emergency services to report they were trapped in the tunes. But rather than removing or repairing the faulty brake system, Bossi said the company chose to deactivate it instead. One of the investigators told local media that all three had “admitted” what had happened, calling the decision to take the deadly shortcut “serious”. broken, the brake system clearly did not activate. The car was just five meters from the platform with more than a dozen passengers ready to board for the 20-minute trip to the lakeside. The operator standing on the platform was ready to open the door to disembark passengers when he and others say they heard a loud whistle. The cable then broke and the car backed up the cable until it hit a pylon and came loose, plunging 20 meters into a forest below. Investigators later examined the wreckage to confirm their findings that the brake system was intentionally blocked. Luigi Nerini, the owner of Ferrovie Mattrone, the company that runs the service from the base on Lake Maggiore to an observation point nearly a mile above sea level, faces multiple homicide charges involuntarily guilty alongside the director of the company Enrico Perocchio and the director of the service Gabriele Tardini. All three were remanded in custody early Wednesday morning after lengthy overnight interrogation. The only survivor of the tragic accident, Eitan Biran, 5, an Israeli citizen who lived in Italy with his parents, opened his eyes on Wednesday, according to the pediatric hospital where he is in intensive care in Turin. He lost five of his family, including his parents and grandparents, who were from Israel and took the cable car for what they surely thought was a peaceful Sunday ride. For more, visit The Daily Beast. Get our best stories delivered to your inbox every day Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.